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(CNN) -- A federal jury has found former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.

We asked readers to share their thoughts on the verdict. Below is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity.

Samantha Williams of Alexandria, Virginia
I'm glad of the verdict. I never believed that he didn't help leak the info. Let's get the rest of the ones who ruined Valerie Plame's life.

D. Hanes of Jacksonville, Florida
Lots of taxpayers dollars foolishly spent! The Libs had to be pushing this ignorant case!

Jim Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina
This is nothing but a "witch hunt." Someone was going down for the leak, period!

Dane McCalla of Brea, California
First, let me say I'm not a Bush administration supporter. Having said that, Mr. Libby is the fall guy for Dick Cheney -- and he's getting 25 years and a $1 million fine for lying? Is this justice? I think not. Murderers have served far less time than that. What has our criminal justice system become? As for this case, it's just another example of poorly written laws that are randomly enforced.

Barry Leven of Columbia, Maryland
Richly deserved. Now, let's put those who directed Libby's activities on trial.

Wolf Balmanno of Salt Lake City, Utah
I think guilty is the right verdict. Libby personally gave multiple stories to the media about what happened, so even if he wasn't alone in this, he is guilty of lying. I just hope this now opens up other grand juries for even bigger names.

Mark Findley of Memphis, Tennessee
I think that it was a complete waste of time, money and efforts to try this case. My feeling is a big "SO WHAT?" Does it make any difference? No -- it's just a stupid political statement against the current administration -- and nothing else.

Albert Cohen of Sherman Oaks, California
Power corrupts.

Beverly Pollard of Alexandria, Virginia
I am happy that the jury took their time and reviewed the evidence, etc., before making a decision. Judging from what I read the past year or so, I agree with their decision. It will be interesting to see what happens with the others who are -- or appear to be -- involved in this.

Bill Faulk of Sandy, Utah
Libby was found guilty of obstructing justice. What I wonder is if he was SUCCESSFUL in obstructing justice. If there is no further investigation into the original case involving Valerie Plame's identity then the answer is, unfortunately, yes.

Mark Weinberger of Rockaway, New Jersey
Truthfully, I believe we tried the wrong man. Mr. Libby was the fall guy for the Bush administration. No doubt Mr. Libby will be pardoned at the end of Mr. Bush's presidency.

Gary Doan of Dallas, Texas
Much ado about nothing. There was no original crime because there was no CIA leak.

Lynda Flood of Kent, Washington
I'm glad of the verdict and hope that it leads to further indictments. This goes higher up than just to him.

Dave Fowler of Denver, Colorado
It was the correct verdict. The Bush administration's callous disregard for the U.S. Constitution is hopefully, finally, coming to an end.

Chris McIntyre of Tomball, Texas
Travesty of justice. Convicted of committing a crime where no crime was committed.

Lynn Hearn of Mooresville, North Carolina
Waste of taxpayers' money. Political all the way. Wilson's wife was telling all with pillow talk before the wedding. Could not find a crime with the so-called leak so other charges were trumped up. Political trials seem to find the verdict goes according to the political times. The Iraq war decided this verdict.

Bill Aviles of Murrieta, California
About time! So many lies and refusals to be responsible for their actions. Hopefully, the judge has the guts to send him away for the maximum time.

Bobby Buchser of San Jose, California
While I don't doubt one bit that he lied, it seems ironic that only he is charged in this case. He acts as an arm of the vice president; he doesn't act alone. Either the vice president is aloof and incompetent in managing his aides, or he was completely involved in this, or both. Either way, it doesn't look good for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Ken Noland of Atlanta, Georgia
Just report the facts. Scooter never was charged with revealing Plame's name. If Plame was a secret operative, then Richard Armitage needs to be charged and tried for that. However, if Scooter obstructed justice and lied about what he knew, then he's getting justice from his peers. I'm sure there will be an appeal, and the nuts will be calling for Cheney to be impeached. The fun never stops inside the beltway!

Sharon Yarbrough of Brandon, Florida
What travesty of justice! That woman's husband was behind all this mess, and it is a travesty when this woman was not even an active operative at the time her identity was made known. How idiotic to waste more taxpayer money on this type of foolishness, but how typical of the Democrats who want to make a name for themselves.

J. Lombardi of New York City
They just convicted Al Capone's accountant ... instead of Al Capone.


I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, center, leaves the courthouse in Washington on Tuesday after being convicted in the CIA leak case.




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